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Official Report (Index)

Volume 977: debated on Tuesday 29 January 1980

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asked the Minister of State for the Civil Service if, consequent upon his written reply to the hon. Member for Sheffield, Heeley (Mr. Hooley) Official Report, 21 January, column 96, relating to the delay in publishing the official index of the weekly report, he will explain in clear English the meaning of the phrase "originating areas" and if, in future, he will make it his practice to refrain from the use of jargon in his parliamentary answers.

With changing technologies in the printing industry the expression "originating areas" is coming to replace "composing room" as the designation for the work area and the operations involved in setting up material to be printed in a form in which it can be placed on the press. I always avoid the use of jargon in replying to questions, but where technical matters are concerned it is sometimes necessary to use expressions with specialist meaning.